John Beatty


Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore

Firm Website




217 Broadway Fl 10


New York






John handles many of our firm’s significant medical malpractice and negligence matters including construction accidents, burn injury cases, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability cases and defective products cases. His experiences before becoming an attorney – as a construction laborer and a NYPD supervisor – give him a unique perspective and skills to investigate difficult cases and achieve justice for our clients.

John has been called a “Matador in the Courtoom”, and “Fierce”, “deadly”, and “elegant” by his jurors. John is part of KDLMs legendary dedication to serving clients and helping them achieve the justice they deserve. In his most recent Trial in June 2016, John won a $1.7 million dollar verdict for our client, a prominent attorney, who, after having a major knee operation from a cycling accident was re-injured when he slipped on a wet floor at his office three months later. The defendants had refused to settle the case, arguing that our client was already badly injured. The verdict was featured in the New York Law Journal and New York Verdicts and Settlements and was ranked one of the highest premises liability verdicts in New York State in 2016.

As a police supervisor John oversaw hundreds of vehicle accident preliminary investigations, including those involving fatal pedestrian collisions. John has proven time and time again that eyewitness accounts can be disproven by irrefutable evidence, such as videotape, often despite a guilty motorist’s claim that vehicle accidents were the fault of the deceased. John’s investigative skills have also uncovered multiple instances of corporate cover-ups, falsification of official accident and incident reports, and other wrong-doing. Achieving justice for innocent, injured victims — especially those who cannot speak for themselves –motivates John to look harder, dig deeper, and not accept assurances that everything was done properly, safely, as required by law or “by the book.”

Coming from a large police family, John worked his way through college first as a construction laborer in Local Union No. 79 –on construction and building projects here in New York City. The Grandson of a Union Sandhog John has been around the construction industry for decades.

During his tenure with the police force he served in multiple commands and was awarded more than two dozen medals and commendations for bravery, and was personally awarded the “Community Police Officer of the Year” by the Police Commissioner. John was later selected as the sole recipient of the Police Departments fellowship to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University – where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration. At Harvard John developed problem solving skills which serve our clients well. His tenacious representation of clients wronged by big companies is well-known and respected throughout the legal community.

Since 2007, John has been an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Fordham Law coaching law students to compete in national trial competitions. John is a fellow of the National Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). John is also a member of the NYPD Honor Legion, and often speaks to law enforcement and construction industry groups about workplace safety and workplace injuries.

John graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York, received his Masters from Harvard, and his JD from Fordham Law School, where he graduated with honors. John is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in New York and Massachusetts.

When he is not fighting for his clients, he is chasing his two young sons, both of whom are under the age of two.

Areas of Practice
Medical MalpracticeNegligence Construction accidentsMotor Vehicle AccidentsDefective Products Cases
Bar Admissions
New York

Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, Honors: With Honors
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, MPA.
City University of New York, Honors: magna cum laude
Adjunct Professor, Trial advocacy at Fordham Law

Honors and Awards
Selected by the NYPD Commissioner as the sole recipient of a fellowship program at Harvard University’s Masters in Public Policy program

Professional Associations and Memberships
National Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Fellow
New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), Active member
NYPD Honor Legion, Member

Past Employment Positions
NYPD Legal Bureau
NYPD 83rd precinct
NYPD Traffic Division
Million Dollar Advocate

New York, New York
Serving all five Boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County